Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Former Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Jomo K S (Jomo Kwame Sundaram) was Professor in the Applied Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, until August 2004. He was a Founder Director of INSAN, the Institute of Social Analysis (, also based in Malaysia. Jomo is Founder Chair of IDEAs, or International Development Economics Associates ( and is on the Board of UNRISD, the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development, Geneva ( He is married to Noelle Rodriguez, and has three children, Nadia (born 1987), Emil (born 1989) and Leal (born 1990).

Born in Penang, Malaysia in 1952, Jomo studied at the Penang Free School (PFS, 1964-6), Royal Military College (RMC, 1967-70), Yale (1970-3) and Harvard (1973-7). He has taught at Science University of Malaysia (USM, 1974), Harvard (1974-5), Yale (1977), National University of Malaysia (UKM, 1977-82), University of Malaya (since 1982), and Cornell (1993). He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (1987-8; 1991-2).

He has authored over 35 monographs, edited over 45 books and translated 11 volumes besides writing many academic papers and articles for the media. He is on the editorial boards of several learned journals. Some of his most recent book publications include Malaysia’s Political Economy (with E. T. Gomez), Tigers in Trouble, Rents, Rent-Seeking and Economic Development: Theory and the Asian Evidence (with Mushtaq Khan), Malaysian Eclipse: Economic Crisis and Recovery, Globalization Versus Development: Heterodox Perspectives, Southeast Asia's Industrialization, Ugly Malaysians?, South-South Investments Abused, Southeast Asian Paper Tigers?, Behind Miracle and Debacle, Manufacturing Competitiveness: How Internationally Competitive National Firms And Industries Developed In East Asia, Ethnic Business?, Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia (with Brian Folk), Deforesting Malaysia: The Political Economy of Agricultural Expansion and Commercial Logging (with others), and M Way: Mahathir’s Economic Policy Legacy.